Latest Globe West headlines

The latest stories from west of Boston.


Franklin police highlight local hunting rules

The Franklin Police Department is reminding residents about local hunting restrictions in light of recent inquiries.


Wayland Library to discuss plans for new building

The library committee has recommended building a new library due to space constraints at the existing site at 5 Concord Road.


Forum on Lexington debt exclusion vote set

The League of Women Voters of Lexington will host an informational forum Friday, Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m. about the upcoming debt exclusion vote to fund three town projects.


Needham Junction station loses 48 commuter parking spaces

There are now 131 spaces available for commuter rail parking, all of which are located on MBTA-owned property.


Upton continues to test Glen Avenue well for contaminants

The town of Upton has notified residents that a water sample collected in early November from the Glen Avenue well field tested positive for E. coli.


Wellesley to host open house on upcoming town ‘unified plan’

Wellesley officials will host a Nov. 29 open house on a proposed “unified plan” intended to guide decision-making for the town.


Emerson Hospital to host Westford talk on surgical weight loss

During the session, Emerson’s weight loss surgeons will provide an overview of the program, describe each type of weight loss surgery, and answer questions.

In Natick, a chapter closes on a family football tradition

The Ramstrom family’s link to Natick football will end, at least for a while, Thanksgiving Day against longtime rival Framingham when Tim Ramstrom, a senior, plays his last game.

SJC shuts the door on Newton housing complex

The state’s highest court ruled against a developer’s bid to build a 334-unit housing development on Wells Avenue.


Teen becomes ambassador for diabetes awareness

Now a junior at Belmont Hill School, Francis Selldorff acts as a spokesperson for Joslin Diabetes Center.


Family trees return to Concord Museum

The Concord Museum’s perennially popular “Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature,” opens on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and runs through New Year’s Day.


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Wellesley College senior diver Maura Sticco-Ivins was honored as the NEWMAC Diver of the Week for the 18th time in her college career.

In Uniform: Globe West

News about members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard in our communities.


A video game workshop, a free Thanksgiving dinner, and a Christmas celebration

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.


LeDu Thai Eatery is a restaurant for all seasons

LeDu’s compact space in Newtonville lends itself to a simple, back-to-basics menu reimagined for quick-service customers.


Helping East African artisans find a market for their products

Ritah Nakandi of Newton launced Afri-root Collective to help East African women support their families through artisanal skills passed down for generations.


Natick to participate in ‘Coats for Kids’ drive

Starting the week of Monday, Nov. 20, residents can drop off coats at donation bins around town.


Arlington police launches online community crime map

The Arlington Police Department has a new online community crime map that officials say will help prevent crime, improve public safety and enhance community-police partnerships.


Bedford residents turned in 26 pounds of prescription medications

National Drug Take Back Day is a free and anonymous event coordinated by the DEA and police departments.


Concord’s Emerson Hospital to hold annual Tree of Lights ceremony

The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital in Concord will hold its annual Tree of Lights ceremony Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m.


Battle Road Trail undergoing extensive work

The project is expected to take place from Monday, Nov. 20 through Dec. 31.


Indian Hill Music’s new Groton location under construction

Construction is now underway for Indian Hill Music’s new home in Groton.


Brookline First Light celebration set for Nov. 30

Brookline’s annual First Light celebration is set for Thursday, Nov. 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Registration open for Franklin’s 5K Turkey Trot

The annual Franklin Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run will be held Thursday, Nov. 23, starting at 8 a.m.


Deadline looms on Plainville open space, recreation survey

The deadline for completing the survey is Wednesday, Nov. 22.


Wellesley group seeks applicants for student scholarships

A Wellesley volunteer group is offering scholarships for local students who have been active in serving their community and need help to pay for higher education.

For top Wayland pair, a newfound row, row, row

Kyra Patterson and Jaime Cook of the Wayland-Weston co-op rowing program are the best in their class in the country, but they’ve only been competing together for about a year.


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Bedford fencer Jane Carter earned gold and silver medals at the Veteran World Championships in Slovenia.


A pottery sale and two local fairs

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

Want to get busy? Here’s how

The following agencies provide ways for retirees to use their skills, whether it’s volunteering or working part-time.

Diggin’ the scene at Wellesley’s new senior center

The ribbon cutting was Oct. 22, but it didn’t take long for the word to spread. Wellesley needed a place like this.


In support of kids who learn differently

The Carroll School recently held a ribbon-cutting for the Fish Center, the new home of its upper school.


Bedford surveying residents 55 and older

The town is seeking feedback from older residents as officials look to assess the future needs of the town’s mature population and to evaluate existing programs and services.


Thoreau Club in Concord hosts healthy mind workshop

The club is hosting a “Brain Fitness: Tips for a Healthy Mind’’ workshop Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Framingham firefighters get $175,000 FEMA grant for portable radios

The town will also contribute $17,518, an amount equal to 10 percent of the grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Maynard reduces energy consumption by 22 percent

The town, which became a Green Community in December 2011, has implemented projects to reduce its energy costs and improve the local environment.


Newton officials consider helping fund restoration of historic cemetery fence

The cemetery corporation is seeking $60,000 in Community Preservation Act money to help cover the cost of restoration.


MassBay Community College holds open house at Wellesley campus

The event is set for Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 50 Oakland St.


Tasker values hard work on, off Tufts soccer pitch

The Sudbury resident tarted all 18 regular season games for defending Division 3 national soccer champion Tufts.


Forum on opioid crisis at Bellingham library Nov. 14

The forum will begin at 7 p.m.


Franklin releases winter activities lineup

Options include basketball, volleyball, tennis, arts, robotics, and science courses, and a range of other activities.


Should Lexington voters approve the proposed debt exclusions to fund building projects?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

The Old Manse feels really old. And Concordians want it to stay that way.

Locals worry that a proposed visitors center outside the 247-year-old home will forever alter the historic property.

Renovated Waltham museum showcases Girl Scout history

Letters, photos, and diaries from as early as 1912 are on view at the Girl Scout Museum at Cedar Hill.


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Needham’s Emily Bowers has compiled a 0.72 goals against average playing every minute for the Tufts women’s soccer team.


A field hockey team grows, off the field

The relationship between the girls on the Natick High field hockey team and their biggest fan, Jason Mazzola, 17, has proved beneficial to both.


Fort Devens Museum marks Veterans Day

Observe Veterans Day at the Fort Devens Museum as it hosts a range of exhibits and talks.


Arlington to hold forum on driverless cars

An educational forum about driverless cars will be held on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at Arlington Town Hall.


Acton appoints town manager search panel

The Acton Board of Selectmen has appointed a Town Manager Search Committee to search for the next town manager to succeed Steven Ledoux, who will be retiring in June 2018.


Public forum in Concord on gas leaks

The environmental advocacy group, Mothers Out Front, will hold a public forum in Concord about gas leaks as part of its Climate Solutions Speaker Series.

Blotter tales


// The case of the feathered fugitive

A golden pheasant is lost and then found, a woman gets ditched by her date, a house is toilet-papered, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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// Big bird

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